MotoGP Valencia tests: Yamaha's Maverick Vinales top, Lorenzo 18th

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales was fastest on the rain-shortened opening day of the MotoGP post-season test in Valencia, while Jorge Lorenzo finished 18th on his Honda debut

MotoGP Valencia tests: Yamaha's Maverick Vinales top, Lorenzo 18th

The track was wet when the session began and riders remained in the pits for the first 90 minutes of the seven-hour session.

Johann Zarco was the first rider on track in his KTM debut, almost crashing during his wet-tyre running on a rapidly drying surface.

Following another 30 minutes of inactivity it was again Zarco back on track, but he was soon followed by the rest of the field as the Ducati riders topped the timesheets early on.

Test rider Michele Pirro and new factory Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci both spent around 10 minutes on top before Andrea Dovizioso took over by an improvement of four tenths with a 1m32.422 seconds lap.

Marc Marquez snatched the lead soon after he began his running in the session, riding a 2018-spec Honda, but Dovizioso was soon back ahead with a lap of 1m31.854s.

Marquez then set two 1m31.7s tours during the fourth hour but he again could not hold on to first place for long with Vinales logging a 1m31.416s time with two hours remaining.

Fifteen minutes later the rain flags were waved, which meant Vinales stayed on top until the chequered flag as he beat Marquez by 0.302s.

Marquez, who is not fully fit after a couple of crashes during the Valencia season finale, had three bikes available, including a 2018 version, a brand new bike and a mix of the two.

The reigning champion's new team-mate Lorenzo, who is also recovering from injury, ended the day 18th and 1.2s slower than Marquez.

Valentino Rossi finished in third for Yamaha as the factory team spent the day comparing a new engine with the current specification.

Fourth-placed Dovizioso led the way for Ducati but the Italian did not try the new-spec bike.

Honda tester Stefan Bradl, riding for LCR in place of the injured Cal Crutchlow, was fifth with Franco Morbidelli making an impressive debut with the Petronas Yamaha outfit by finishing sixth.

Aleix Espargaro was the top Aprilia in seventh as the team's two new additions Andrea Iannone and its tester Bradley Smith finished 19th and 21st.

Petrucci settled for eighth place, ahead of Pol Espargaro with his new KTM team-mate Zarco 17th.

Pirro completed the top 10 and was the only rider to crash during the day.

Reigning Moto2 champion Francesco Bagnaia was the top rookie in 11th, beating Suzuki's Alex Rins by 0.006s.

Jack Miller's debut on a factory-spec Ducati ended prematurely due to mechanical issues and the Pramac rider ended in 14th.

He was followed by Suzuki rookie Joan Mir and Tito Rabat.

Rabat returned to track action for the first time since he broke his leg at Silverstone and was 16th.

Yamaha's new test rider Jonas Folger and rookie Fabio Quartararo were 22nd and 23rd respectively.

The order was rounded out by Tech3 pairing Hafizh Syahrin and Miguel Oliveira on the French outift's new KTM bikes.

Day one times

Pos Driver Team Car Gap Laps
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m31.416s 39
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 0.302s 25
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 0.429s 40
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.430s 38
5 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda 0.599s 51
6 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 0.669s 40
7 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 0.679s 37
8 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Ducati 0.684s 43
9 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 0.763s 35
10 Michele Pirro Ducati Ducati 0.804s 19
11 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati Ducati 0.980s 38
12 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 0.986s 32
13 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1.123s 26
14 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1.139s 19
15 Joan Mir Suzuki Suzuki 1.371s 59
16 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1.418s 36
17 Johann Zarco KTM KTM 1.419s 36
18 Jorge Lorenzo Honda Honda 1.543s 30
19 Andrea Iannone Aprilia Aprilia 1.875s 15
20 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati Ducati 1.885s 35
21 Bradley Smith Aprilia Aprilia 2.293s 17
22 Jonas Folger Yamaha Yamaha 2.394s 30
23 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 2.434s 38
24 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM KTM 2.817s 20
25 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM KTM 3.702s 33
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